The Sony Hack, It’s Still Not War Or Terrorism

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For more than a decade we have heard constant warnings about the coming of “cyber war” and “cyber terrorism.” The prophets of cyber doom have promised that cyber attacks are just around the corner that will be on par with natural disasters or the use of weapons of mass destruction. With every new report of […]

The Drone Terrorism Case That Wasn’t

Fears related to drone safety, in particular concerns about so-called “near misses” with manned aircraft, have gotten a lot of attention in recent weeks. More detailed analysis, however, has shown those fears to have been greatly exaggerated. Nonetheless, they have resulted in one senator’s call for an expansion of the FAA’s drone ban to include […]

Drone Fear and the FAA Ban on Model Aircraft Near Stadiums

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On October 27, 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a new Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that bans the use of “unmanned aircraft and remote controlled aircraft” near stadiums. The move comes in the wake of a number of reports worldwide, including within the United States, of “drone” use at sporting events. Though these incidents […]

Holistic Security: Remaining Vigilant

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“Capitol Police are responding to reports of suspicious packages in the Hart and Russell Senate office buildings and a bomb squad is on the scene. The buildings have not been evacuated, but certain areas of the buildings have been closed.” – Politico, April 17, 2013 The recent terror attack at the Boston Marathon is a […]

Social Media and Extremism: Sideshow or Center Stage?

On Twitter, Mike Olson of Cloudera asked me and Alex Olesker what we thought about the use of social media in the latest dustup between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. He linked me to an article taking a broader look at the role of social media in terrorism and extremism. The following is some thoughts […]

Video: An Introduction to Recorded Future

Recorded Future is an online tool that scans roughly 150,000 sources on the web, indexes them by event, source, and, most importantly, period of time past, present, or future they are referencing, and provides analysis and visualization for analysts to harness the predictive power of the web. In past posts, we’ve discussed how it’s being used […]